Terrorism is a common enemy of Pakistan, India: FO


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Thursday said it would raise all issues with India including Kashmir as National Security Advisers of both the countries will meet on Aug 23 in New Delhi.


A Foreign Office Spokesman told reporters here at the weekly briefing that there were serious issues between the two countries that needed to be resolved. He said the two countries were in contact to finalize the agenda of talks.

Spokesman Qazi Khalilullah when asked about the recent spate of firing along the Line of Control and the Working Boundary by India said, so far there have been 70 such incidents and Pakistan has been regularly protesting to India through their High Commission.

Khalilullah said peace along LoC and Working Boundary were in the interest of both the sides and added that Pakistan desires good relations with all its neighbours.

Qazi Khalilullah said Kashmiri leaders have been invited to attend a reception being hosted by Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi in honour of National Security Advisor Sartaj Aziz and his delegation. He expressed the hope that India would allow Kashmiri leaders to attend the event and meet Pakistan’s National Security Adviser Sartaj Aziz.

The Foreign Office Spokesman to a question said Pakistan has registered protest with Afghan Ambassador over allegations against Pakistan and the anti-Pakistan media campaign.

Qazi Khalilullah added Pakistan enjoys strong bilateral ties with UAE and other gulf countries and have extensive cooperation in many area including trade and defence.

The spokesman termed terrorism a common enemy and said a cooperative approach was required to eliminate the menace.

He said operation Zarb-e-Azb was achieving success in war against terrorism and said it would have a positive impact not only in Pakistan but for the entire region.